Blame the linguistic maniac that came up with the hideous term “jorts”, but jean shorts have long been a wardrobe staple we’ve avoided at all costs – until now. After spotting multitudes of fashion girls wearing jorts in surprisingly fashion-forward ways, we’ve come around to the idea that jorts aren’t so bad after all. In fact, they can look downright chic.
Paired with longline blazers, worn at longer lengths, and stylishly accessorized, we’ve learnt to stop worrying and start loving jorts – much like Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni, and Bella Hadid. The best part is that you probably already own a pair and, if you don’t, all you have to do is take some scissors to a worn-out pair of jeans and throw them into the wash to achieve that casual, slightly frayed hemline. Ready to breathe and embrace them? Start with our styling tips, below, for ideas on how to make this look work for you.
They don't have to be short.
Even though the name implies that length, jorts can be as long as knee-length and still be considered shorts. If you’re down with this style, browse the term “denim walking shorts” to get the proportion right.
They can be dressed up.
Jorts might imply casual attire, but there are plenty of ways to dress them up, too. Try pairing them with a sleek blazer, a fancy top, or a breezy button-up blouse.
They can be fashion-forward.
Jorts don’t have to be cut-offs. In fact, there are several styles to choose from, like this split-front pair worn by Aimee Song.
They can be tomboyish.
Jorts are already a little masculine and, if you’re into the tomboy vibe, keep it simple with a tee, sneakers, and a casual fanny pack à la Kendall Jenner.
They can be feminine.
Although jorts seem sporty and tomboyish on their own, they can look ultra-feminine with the right accessories.
They can be sexy.
Paired with a crop top and thigh-high fishnets, jorts can be racy – if you want them to be.
They can be doubled.
Double denim – also known as the “Canadian Tuxedo” – can also be achieved in jort form.
They can make a statement.
Contrasted with the rest of a designer outfit, jorts can make a surprising and (plenty) noticeable fashion statement.